#TechThursday – 5 Quick Tips for Making Magic With Adobe Premiere Pro

Who hasn’t dreamed of one day making an epic film or groundbreaking music video?

Sounds intimidating, doesn’t it?

It doesn’t have to be. With Adobe Premiere Pro it is as simple as a drag and drop.

With Premiere, you can easily do things from splitting and cutting clips to adding things effects like saturation and contrast.  Here are 5 tips to help you quickly go from newbie to creator of great video content in Adobe Premiere Pro:

  1. Get Organized. This will stop you from dealing with headaches when something you’ve been working on wants to magically disappear. Drag groups of clips onto the new bin tab to automatically add them to have an area for your clips.
  2. Splitting clips is easy as selecting the tool resembling a razor blade.  After selecting the razor tool, all you need to do is select where you want to split the clip and then press enter to finish the action.  Be sure to switch back to the regular select tool after, otherwise you will split additional clips on accident!
  3. Undoing Mistakes. Speaking of accidents, it is bound to happen. However they are easily erased.  Under the edit tab, you will find the undo button, this of course will undo any action you have just done. There is also a redo button if you go too far back.
  4. Delete. Deleting clips is also easy! All one must do, is click on the desired clip, and press the delete button on your keyboard. If you would like to also delete the gap that is left behind after the clip you can select the gap, go to the edit tab, and then choose ripple delete.
  5. Save Time By Dragging. When you’re making a film, it is a long and arduous process.  You’ve got a ton of clips you want to use. Utilize drag and drop features of importing content into Adobe Premiere Pro.  If you keep files on your desktop, its easy to drag files to adobe premiere and creates tracks. This will save you the annoying task of digging through folders when trying to import content.

These tricks are just scratching the surface of what you can do. But, they’ll get you started on your way to saving time and feeling confident. One day, you’ll be editing your Hollywood film.  That is the beauty of Adobe Premiere Pro. It’s easy to pick up and if mastered, it can be used to create something great.

If you want to learn more about how to use Adobe Premiere Pro, check out a few our the film and video classes in the Department of Communication & New Media here at Shepherd University. I’ve have a ton of fun learning Premiere Pro in COMM 333 Music Video and COMM 350 Single-Camera Production.

If you’ve got your own Adobe Premiere Pro tips you’d like to share, drop us a comment below or Tweet us at @ShepComm with #TechThursday and we’ll get back to you!

By: Adam Oester

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